(OAKLAND) — The Oakland Athletics sent starting pitcher Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento Saturday.
A day after giving up six runs in just 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers, the left-handed Milone was sent to the minors and replaced with reliever Evan Scribner.
The 26-year-old Milone has struggled recently, posting a 4.81 ERA over his last 14 starts.
“Tommy just needs to go down there and do his thing,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He went through a little period here recently where he hasn’t been pitching great, but he’s still pretty good. And when you’re sending a guy like Tommy Milone down, it means you have some good pitching, and we do.
“He’s been giving up some hits, and maybe his command isn’t like it was earlier. (Friday) night was his worst game. He’s had a couple of these in his last four. We still have a lot of confidence in Tommy. He’s a big part of this team, he’s just not here right now.”
The A’s have two days off this week and don’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 13. By that time Milone is eligible to be called back up.
Milone is 9-9 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.29 WHIP this season.
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